Resident of the Month Winners - 2021

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Please look below at the winners of Maritime Resident Doctors' Resident of the Month award for 2021. For more info on the award including criteria and an application form, please CLICK HERE.

June 2021 - Declan Lu (PGY3, Internal Medicine)

Maritime Resident Doctors is pleased to announce Dr. Declan Lu, a PGY3 in Internal Medicine, is our latest Resident of the Month.

Our Resident of the Month award aims to improve resident well-being by recognizing and rewarding resident colleagues with exceptional achievements while maintaining a work-life balance. The criteria includes academic accomplishments, research activities, social events, family life, community involvement, humanitarian service, leadership, and more.

Dr. Lu was nominated by his peers.

"Declan has been an exceptional coworker over the past few years," his nomination says. "He is incredibly supportive and kind. He is always willing to lend a hand, stay late post call and pick up extra call shifts when his colleagues are in need."

His strength as a candidate extends beyond his work in the hospital.

"Beyond this, he exemplifies work-life balance and has been a role model to others who have sometimes struggled with this," his nomination says

As the winner of this award, Dr. Lu will receive a $100 gift card.

Congratulations from everyone at Maritime Resident Doctors on winning this award.

May 2021 - Johnson Cheung (PGY7, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery)

Maritime Resident Doctors is pleased to announce Dr. Johnson Cheung, a PGY7 in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, is our latest Resident of the Month.

Our Resident of the Month award aims to improve resident well-being by recognizing and rewarding resident colleagues with exceptional achievements while maintaining a work-life balance. The criteria includes academic accomplishments, research activities, social events, family life, community involvement, humanitarian service, leadership, and more.

Dr. Cheung was nominated by his peers.

"Dr. Cheung is the chief OMFS resident who deserves to be acknowledged for his team-first attitude and commitment to patients before he graduates in June," his nomination says. "Johnson has tirelessly worked over the past six years to excel in our program and to set an example moving forward that has been matched by few."

His nomination goes on to cite a number of reasons Dr. Cheung should be recognized.

"Johnson has been the only OMFS resident to be recognized by the medical school for his contributions to teaching within his class, completed his MSc in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery earlier in the residency program than any of his predecessors, and has always put patients, co-residents and staff before himself."

As the winner of this award, Dr. Cheung will receive a $100 gift card.

Congratulations from everyone at Maritime Resident Doctors on winning this award.

April 2021 - Ashley Drohan (PGY5, General Surgery)

Maritime Resident Doctors is pleased to announce Dr. Ashley Drohan, a PGY5 in General Surgery, is our latest Resident of the Month.

Our Resident of the Month award aims to improve resident well-being by recognizing and rewarding resident colleagues with exceptional achievements while maintaining a work-life balance. The criteria includes academic accomplishments, research activities, social events, family life, community involvement, humanitarian service, leadership, and more.

Dr. Drohan was nominated by her peers.

"Ashley is our outgoing chief resident, which in our program is a pretty thankless job," her nomination says. "In this role she has truly outdone herself in leading us through an incredibly difficult year due to covid as well as the immense burden of scheduling that arose with it. She has dedicated countless hours to our program to ensure our residents are very well taken care of."

In addition to her work as chief resident, her nomination goes on to describe her as an exemplary teacher, researcher and surgeon.

"She not only is an extremely talented General Surgery resident in the OR, she handled the constant schedule changes with COVID and our accreditation, applied (and got!) a competitive Surgical Oncology fellowship, but she still found time to always answer all of our questions, teach (in and out of the OR), and support the junior residents. She is an amazing resident and we will be sad to see her leave."

As the winner of this award, Dr. Drohan will receive a $100 gift card.

Congratulations from everyone at Maritime Resident Doctors on winning this award.

March 2021 - Gabrielle Hayduk-Costa (PGY4, Physical Medicine & Rehab)

Maritime Resident Doctors is pleased to announce Dr. Gabrielle Hayduk-Costa, a PGY4 in Physical Medicine & Rehab, is our latest Resident of the Month.

Our Resident of the Month award aims to improve resident well-being by recognizing and rewarding resident colleagues with exceptional achievements while maintaining a work-life balance. The criteria includes academic accomplishments, research activities, social events, family life, community involvement, humanitarian service, leadership, and more.

Dr. Hayduk-Costa was nominated by her peers.

"She is the type of resident we aspire to be," he nomination says. "She’s conscientious, intelligent, and a genuine pleasure to be around. She’s passionate about teaching and that shows in the quality of her teaching sessions at our half days and informal teaching with residents and medical students. She consistently works to improve the quality of our academic half day sessions and utilizes strategies she is learning from her Master’s program so that we all benefit."

Her nomination also outlines that she advocates on behalf of her colleagues to ensure educational goals are met during core rotations, while continually looking for ways to improve the experience.

"We can always count on Gab to motivate us to go to MarDocs events (particularly yoga and evolve boot camps). She manages to balance the high demands of her academic life with being a thoughtful friend, being physically active, and getting lost in a good book."

As the winner of this award, Dr. Hayduk-Costa will receive a $100 gift card.

Congratulations from everyone at Maritime Resident Doctors on winning this award.

February 2021 - Marissa LeBlanc (PGY4, Psychiatry)

Maritime Resident Doctors is pleased to announce Dr. Marissa LeBlanc, a PGY4 in Psychiatry, is our latest Resident of the Month.

Our Resident of the Month award aims to improve resident well-being by recognizing and rewarding resident colleagues with exceptional achievements while maintaining a work-life balance. The criteria includes academic accomplishments, research activities, social events, family life, community involvement, humanitarian service, leadership, and more.

Dr. LeBlanc was nominated by her peers.

"Marissa is our fearless leader: our chief resident extraordinaire who has guided the psychiatry resident body through a global pandemic with flexibility, dedication, and grace," her nomination reads. "She is the ultimate example of combining strengths in academics, research, leadership, wellness, and advocacy."

Her nomination goes on to say that she makes everyone feel heard and valued, and she is well-liked and respected by her peers, colleagues, supervisors, and interdisciplinary team members.

"Marissa is the most efficient problem solver I’ve ever met. She is the person who automatically springs to mind whenever you face an issue you can’t solve on your own. There is literally almost nothing she cannot help you with – from navigating department policy to helping you find a research supervisor to discovering the best hidden gems the city of Halifax has to offer. And if she isn’t sure exactly how to assist, she will help you figure out your next steps and walk beside you as you navigate any challenge of residency training."

As the winner of this award, Dr. LeBlanc will receive a $100 gift card.

Congratulations from everyone at Maritime Resident Doctors on winning this award.

January 2021 - Jonathan Melong (PGY5, Otolaryngology)

Maritime Resident Doctors is pleased to announce Dr. Jonathan Melong, a PGY5 in Otolaryngology, is our latest Resident of the Month.

Our Resident of the Month award aims to improve resident well-being by recognizing and rewarding resident colleagues with exceptional achievements while maintaining a work-life balance. The criteria includes academic accomplishments, research activities, social events, family life, community involvement, humanitarian service, leadership, and more.

Dr. Melong was nominated by his peers.

"One of the most admiral qualities Jon has is his natural tendency to help others," his nomination says. "No matter what is going on around him, Jon will always take the time out of his day to teach his students, patients and fellow residents. He is always kind and approachable, allowing others to come to him with questions without the fear of judgement."

It goes on to cite his strength as a leader, while serving as chief resident, as another quality worthy of nomination.

"As you can imagine, Jon is admired and respected by many," his nomination says. "Our nursing team always speaks very highly of him, and our staff surgeons frequently use Jon as an example when teaching us how they like things done. On top of this, patients adore him. He never fails to advocate for his patients and spends a considerable amount of time with patients and their families to ensure they are updated on their condition/treatment. He is a good listener and an excellent communicator."

As the winner of this award, Dr. Melong will receive a $100 gift card.

Congratulations from everyone at Maritime Resident Doctors on winning this award.

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